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Latin America fund for First State

First State Investments is to launch a Latin America fund, targeting UK and European wholesale and institutional investors. It will be managed by Jonathan Asante and Millar Mathieson with Alan Nesbit as deputy fund manager.

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By Rob Burnett, Neptune European Opportunities Fund

In recent months, investors have become more pessimistic about both the European and the US economic outlook and yet stockmarkets have pushed on to new highs. Some would argue that this is a worrying divergence. We would take the opposite view. This appears to be classic bull market behaviour. A wall of worry has been rebuilt, and stockmarket resilience should be taken as a sign of strength. The market is discounting an improving economic outlook ahead, particularly in the south of Europe.

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